COVID-19 Resources

DISCLAIMER: This page was last updated in May 2020. As you know, information continues to arrive at a fast pace. New details seem to contradict what we first thought about the virus, and it can all be very overwhelming and mystifying. While many of the resources on this list are still as relevant now as they were a few seasons ago, there are always updates and corrections to consider. We welcome your feedback, suggestions, and comments. We wish to emphasize that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to addressing this pandemic, and the resources listed here should not be considered a replacement for seeking care from a qualified medical practitioner should you or a loved one suspect you have contracted COVID-19.


Thanks to everyone who has reached out asking how herbs can support your health during this challenging and uncertain time. I’ve been contemplating how to respond to all your inquiries about COVID-19 and how it affects you personally, your family, our community, and our global economy. In short, it is a novel viral infection, which means this is new and uncharted territory for all of us, from the single mom who has just lost their employment and is struggling to care for her kids, all the way up to the leaders of our national healthcare agencies. Confusion is normal. Anxiety is natural. In the face of all this uncertainty, we would be robots if we did not feel these emotions.

But of course, we are humans, and our hearts are all feeling heavy today. And equally true, the earth is constantly beneath our feet, supporting us and lifting us up, just as the plants are always surrounding us with their generous medicines, and our ancestors are always at our backs, reminding us that throughout the course of human history, our species has survived trials like this one again and again and again.

Does that make things easier right now? Not really. Maybe it gives but a small spark of light at the end of a long tunnel. But it does mean that we are not alone. We have the plants, we have our ancestors, and we have our communities to lean into during this time of great anxiety, suffering, anger, confusion, and grief.

Yes, grief. Grief as we suffer our own losses of income, social connection, and certainty over our future. Grief as we watch the world around us crumble, as we watch economic systems long propped up collapse. Grief as we witness our healthcare workers on the frontlines neglected of the very personal protective equipment that allows them to serve the ill and still go home to their families. And most of all, grief at the human loss of life in this viral catastrophe.

Many systems of medicine consider grief to be seated in our lungs. As we face the spread of this viral respiratory infection, and all its societal repercussions, this fact has not been lost on me. I’m encouraging my students and clients to use breathwork exercises to strengthen their respiratory system and enhance their immune capacity, but also to address the emotion of grief and help it move through the body constructively.

I talk about this, and much more, in our recent video, Community Health Discussion. To continue that conversation, we are hosting an online workshop series titled Herbs for Resilient Health. Through an in-depth discussion of immune support, antiviral strategies, nourishment, respiratory care, and emotional wellness, our five-part series hopes to empower you with practical strategies to care for your health and the health of your loved ones, so that together, we may ensure the health of our community. Classes will be recorded for later viewing if you can’t make them at their scheduled session time.

Keep your heart strong, look to the plants around you, and lean into community. May we cultivate calm, clarity, and courage to navigate these confusing and uncertain times together.

With hope for healing,
Emily Ruff

NO RESOURCES ONLINE, WHETHER THIS PAGE OR OTHERS, SHOULD EVER SUBSTITUTE CALLING A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER AT THE FIRST SIGN OF SYMPTOMS. DO NOT INGEST HERBS WITHOUT CONSULTING A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IF YOU HAVE A PREEXISTING CONDITION OR ARE CURRENTLY TAKING PHARMACEUTICAL MEDICATIONS. DO NOT SUSPEND OR REDUCE YOUR PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS WITHOUT CONSULTING YOUR DOCTOR.

COMMUNITY HEALTH DISCUSSION VIDEO

GENERAL RESOURCES

HERBAL RESOURCES

Some of these resource links will have duplicate listings, but each is unique and offers a wealth of resources for those wishing to continue further self-study and research on plant allies to call on during this time.

RECIPES

Emotional Wellness

Online Resources for Mental Health (COMPREHENSIVE LIST)

4-7-8 Breath Exercise & Three Breath Exercises (Including 4-7-8)

Yoga Nidra

19 Ways to Tend to your Mental Health

Apps and Programs:

It’s Time to Emotionally Prepare for What’s Coming


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